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BandWorldReggae

High energy reggae with positive uplifting lyrics addressing socio-political, environmental, and human rights issues. Peace & Love and NO! to unjust Wars. Music that makes us remember to love thy neighbor as thyself, and One World is enough for all of us.

Biography

Whether you follow Worldbeat or Reggae music or not, everyone has heard of the legends of those genres – The Wailers, Maxi Priest, Third World and Burning Spear come readily to mind. Well, Lazo has shared the stage with them all and for good reason. Lazo belongs in their company.

Honoured with awards from industry peers, Lazo was chosen as the Top Reggae Performer of the Year from the internationally recognized Canadian Reggae Music Awards and along with many Juno nominations; he garnered a Juno Award in 2000 for Best Reggae Recording for his “Heart and Soul” CD. The optimism shared from his beautiful composition, “If Love Is on Your Side” captured a Juno nomination as did another album “Something Real” in 1995

This charismatic artist -Lazarus John Finn a.k.a "Lazo", who holds a degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto, was born in Castle Bruce on the beautiful island of Dominica in the Caribbean. He began his career at an early age with a band called Black Blood (their very first album charted number two in Dominica and received extensive air play in the Caribbean). Soon after immigrating to Ottawa, Canada, Lazo formed his own band, Unity, to start performing his original compositions.

This mover and shaker plans to make a difference in the world, musically and politically.

Hey, the guy’s got 5 CD’s out and is currently recording his 6th. In fact, “Impetus” is such a strong effort that it was the first independent album to chart on Vancouver’s Z95.3 (TOP 30) and was scooped up by the Washington DC based RAS records, becoming the first Canadian artist to be signed by the label. Lazo’s music video, “Crucial”, produced by Video Fact and RAS Records reached #3 on the charts in Guyana, South America and received extensive play on CSN (Caribbean Satellite Network), as well rotating on America’s BET (Black Entertainment Television).

Lazo tours tirelessly throughout the United States, Canada Central & South America, and the Caribbean with an eye to tackle Europe in 2009. His list of international festivals is ever growing, in recent year's adding Brazil’s Carnaval de Salvador and recently performed to an amazingly gracious crowd of fans in El Salvador. He is such a favourite at London’s Sunfest Festival that he has performed there for 13 straight years!

Lyrics

Spread Your Wings

Written By: Lazarus JohnFinn

Spread Your Wings
Yeah, woyow, yeah, ehhnn

Spread your wings and fly like an eagle
Spread your wings and fly
Spread your wings and fly like an eagle
Over mountains so high

When the going gets rough they say
The tough must get going
God only help those of us who help ourselves
You see, freedom is not free
Take this from me
If you gonna be what you wanna be
got to change your mentality

Spread your wings and fly like an eagle
Spread your wings and fly
Spread your wings and fly like an eagle
Across the ocean so wide

Man know thyself, said the ancient mysteries
You’ve got to know a crocodile snout from the knob of a floating branch

Come on and

Spread your wings and fly like an eagle
Spread your wings and fly
Spread your wings and fly like an eagle
Over mountains so high

Spread your wings and fly like an eagle
Spread your wings and fly
Spread your wings and fly like an eagle
Across the ocean so wide

When the going gets rough
The tough must get going
Jah only help those of us, who help ourselves
You see, freedom was never free in this pseudo democracy
Man if you gonna be what you wanna be
Got to change your mentality

Come on now,

Spread your wings and fly like an eagle
Spread your wings and fly
Spread your wings and fly like an eagle
Over mountains so high

Man know thyself, said the ancient mysteries
You’ve got to know a crocodile snout from the knob of a floating branch

Come on now,

Spread your wings and fly like an eagle
Spread your wings and fly
Spread your wings and fly like an eagle
Over mountains so high

Spread your wings and fly like an eagle
Spread your wings and fly
Spread your wings and fly like an eagle
Over mountains so high

Herbman Blues

Written By: Lazarus JohnFinn


I’ve got the herbman blues
I’ve got the herbman blues
I’ve got the herbman blues
Got it from my head down to my soul

I said you working so hard, from dawn to dusk
But when you check inna your pocket
You ain’t got a dollar
Now mr. oppressor ease up the pressure

Cause i’ve got the herbman blues
I’ve got the herbman blues
I’ve got the herbman blues
Got it from my head down to my soul

You say globalization is good for my nation
But why this degradation,so much starvation
Environmental pollution
ozone depletion
Economic recession
Too much corruption

That’s why
I’ve got the herbman blues
I’ve got the herbman blues
I’ve got the herbman blues
Got it from my head down to my soul

Your trickle down economics
Is nothing but politricks
You steal from the poor
Give it to the rich
You talk about free trade
Where is mr. fair trade

Say i’ve got the herbman blues
I’ve got the herbman blues
I’ve got the herbman blues
Got it from my head down to my toe

I’ve got the herbman blues
I’ve got the herbman blues
I’ve got the herbman blues
Got it from my head down to my soul

I’ve got the herbman blues

Congo Natty Dread

Written By: Lazarus JohnFinn

Yeah, stoop- stoop-sta boo- dey- yah, woyow,
Well
Stoop- stoop-sta boo- dey- yah, ehhnn
Yes.

I am a Congo Natty dread
Roots get up and bungle now
Me seh, dem cannot destroy Congo Natty Dread
No- I-oh-oh- I Congo Natty Dread
Me seh dem cannot destroy Congo Natty Dread

Dem could burst my head,I’ll never get mad
Dem could dig out my eyes is the farther I’ll see
And if they block my ears is the better I’ll hear them
And if the pluck my nose I’ll still smell them when they coming

That’s why I say
I am a Congo Natty Dread
Roots get up and bungle now
Dem cannot destroy Congo Natty Dread
Cause we dreader than dread
I-oh-oh- I Congo Natty Dread
Me seh dem cannot destroy Congo Natty Dread, no

And if they burst my mouth I’ll always thank the almighty father
If they cut my neck I man love will still flow
Dem could remove my soul,there must be liberation
And if they cut my hands,I’ll be holding on stronger

That’s why I say I am a Congo Natty Dread
Roots get up and bungle now
Dem cannot destroy Congo Natty Dread
Cause we dreader than dread
I-oh-oh- I Congo Natty Dread
Me seh dem cannot destroy Congo Natty Dread

If they cut my stomach and my back.I am still a vegetarian
And if they castrate me, I’ll still spread my seeds, Yah man
Said if they cut my feet I and I will still forward to Africa

I and I nust forward to Africa where I can live in a peaceful meditation
That’s why I say I am a Congo Natty Dread
Roots get up and bungle now
Dem cannot destroy Congo Natty Dread
Cause we dreader than dread
I-oh-oh- I Congo Natty Dread
Me seh dem cannot destroy Congo Natty Dread

So in Love

Written By: Lazarus JohnFinn

Used to be so in love, so in love so in love with me
Used to be so in love, so in love, so in love with me
But it’s all over now, all over now, yes it’s all over now, all over now

Couldn’t live without, wherever I was that’s where you wanted to be
Like a stamp on a letter, together forever, just like the lock and key
Like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden that’s how you proposed it to me

But it’s all over now, all over now, yes it’s all over now
Said it’s all over now

So in love, so in love, so in love with me
Used to be
So in love, so in love ,so in love with me
But it’s all over now, all over now, yes it’s all over now
Said it’s all over now

So in love, so in love, so in love with me
So in love, so in love, so in love with me

Said you couldn’t sleep without
How could you imagine life without me
Like Romeo and Juliet, together we’d always be
But when I take a stock, what we had it’ s all now history

Yes it’s all over now, all over now
all over now
It’s all over now

So in love, so in love, so in love with me
Used to be so in love, so in love ,so in love with me
Used to be So in love, so in love, so in love with me

But it’s all over now, all over now, yes it’s all over now
Man it’s all over now

So in love, so in love so in love with me
Used to be So in love, so in love
Now it’s all history.

If You Keep on Doing

Written By: Lazarus JohnFinn

If you keep on doing the things you doing
You’ll end up regretting
Said if you keep on doing what you doing
You’ll end up sighing

Wooow
Said don’t you know what we’ve been through
How far we’ve come and where we’ve been
So man it’s up to you, to pull up here or push on through

But if you keep on doing the things you doing
You’ll end up regretting
Man if you keep on doing
You’ll end up sighing

Aye,
Martin Malcolm and Rosa too
Paid the price to see us through
Man oh man it’s up to you
To hang it up here or push on through

But if you keep on doing what you doing
You’ll end up regressing
Said if you if you keep on doing
What you doing
You’ll end up sighing

Man if you keep on doing

Aye,
Two roads before you got to choose
Time will tell whether it’s heaven or hell
So man it’s up to you
Many are called but chosen they are few

If you keep on doing what you doing
You’ll end up regretting
Said if you keep on doing the things you doing
You’ll end up sighing
Man if you keep on doing
Man if you doing
What you’ve been doing you’ll end up sighing
You’ll end up crying you’ll end up sighing

The things you’ve been doing ,how you’ve been moving, what you’ve been saying
Man if you keep on doing.

Million Miles

Written By: Lazarus JohnFinn

A million miles i’ve roamed searching for a home
Wondering if i’ll ever have a permanent address
I wanna know got to know wanna know
Cause every where I turn everybody’s singing that same melody

Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya,
Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya,

In these changing times,yes the times they are changing
One has to opine, have they gone too far or is there still time to draw the line
Cause every where I turn everybody’s singing that same melody
Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya,
Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya,

North South East and West fighting to be the best
Confusing the people’s minds with empty rhetoric, political rhetoric
Still everywhere I turn masses living, living in misery

Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya,
Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya, Um-ba-bay-ya,

Money

Written By: Lazarus JohnFinn

Money it’s all about money
Money they living for money
Money they dying for money
Money everybody want money

People living on the streets
Eating out of garbage bins
Ain’t too sure about their next heart beat
They’ve already accepted defeat
For the young and old life is so cold
Living in such a troubled world
They say who have already have
And who ain’t got will have to starve

Hey, hey it’s all about money
I am talking about money
Money they living for money
Money say everybody want money

Is there anyone out there who knows what’s really going on here
Or does anybody care
There’s a money virus in the air,and everybody’s got their share
What a sad state of affairs

I am talking about money
Money they fighting for money
Money everybody want money
They loving for money
Money proselytizing for money

Children dying from hunger over there ina Africa
Mothers in despair,they can no longer bear
It’s all about money
They living for money
I’am talking about money
They fighting for money
Money everybody want money

Money, money, money money money m oney,money
Money, money, money.

Trouble Maker

Written By: Lazarus JohnFinn

I can’t believe the things you do
Don’t understand the things you’d say about me
Deep in my heart I know I’am true
So why should I worry about silly you

You’re just a trouble trouble maker
Down and out heart breaker
You’re just a trouble trouble maker
Down and out heart breaker

I just don’t understand,can’t comprehend
All the people you’ve misled
With the silly things you’ve said

No I don’t overstand, can’t comprehend
All the rumors that you’ve spread
It’s over my head

You’re just a trouble, trouble maker
Down and out heart breaker
You’re just a trouble, trouble maker
Down and out heart breaker

Don’t you know loose lips sink ships
From this cup of wisdom please take a sip
Time you get off your ego trip
Still waters run deep

You’re just a trouble, trouble maker
Down and out heart breaker
You’re just a trouble trouble maker
Little faker,
You’re just a trouble trouble maker.

Dawn of a New Day

Written By: Lazarus JohnFinn

It’s the dawn of a new day and I arise looking out through my window
Music’s playing low on my stereo
As the birds go flying bye and the gentle breeze keep blowing

Oh how I miss you by my side to hold hug and kiss you
The empty space where I lie is waiting for you
How I miss you by my side to tell you that I love you
The empty space where I lie is waiting for you

Yeah ee yeah now yea hee, wo now wo now wo now

It’s the dawn of a new day I man arise looking out through that same window
Raindrops coming down on my window pane
As the rolling thunder sounds
For your love I keep on yearning

Oh how I miss you by my side to hold hug and kiss you
The empty space where I lie is waiting for you
How I miss you by my side to tell you that I want you
The empty place where I lie is waiting for you

How I miss you by my side to hold hug and kiss you
The empty place where I lie is waiting for you
How I miss you by my side to tell you that I want you
The empty place where I lie is waiting for
How I miss you by my side to hold and caress you

Eyes is Red

Written By: Lazarus JohnFinn

Toop to doop to doo doo doop to doop to doo doo doop

To doop to doo doo doop to doop to doop
The fire lighting light up the Kali weed
Hey Rasta look the Kali weed me seh fe lick it ina Kutchie
Ah for my eyes is red, a real real red
Rasta him eyes is red, me seh a redder than red

Ah come from the land where the herb grow along
Ah come from the land where the rivers flow strong
Ah come from the land where the daughter dem so Irie
Yes ah come from the land where the lion roam the congo

Me she de fire lighting light up the Kali weed
Hey Rasta look the Kali deh me seh fe lick it ina Kutchie
For my eyes is red, me seh a real real red
Rasta him eyes is red, ah redder than red

Toop to doop to doo doo doop to doop to doo doo doop
To doop to doo doo doop to doop to doop
To doop to doo doo doop to doop to doop

Ah come from the land where the herb grow along
Ah come from the land where the rivers flow strong
Ah come from the land where the daughter come along
Yes ah come from the land where the lion roam the congo

Me she de fire lighting light up the Kali weed
Hey Rasta look the Kali deh me seh fe lick it ina Kutchie
For my eyes is red, me seh a real real red
Rasta him eyes is red, ah redder than red

Toop to doop to doo doo doop to doop to doo doo doop
To doop to doo doo doop to doop to doop
To doop to doo doo doop to doop to doop

Discography

The Time Is Right (Y.T. Records) 2006
Congo Natty Dread (Y.T. Records) 2004
Children of the Palm Race ( Y.T. Records) 2002
Love is on Your Side (Y.T. Records) 2001
Heart and Soul ( Y.T. Records/ Factor ) 1998
Something Real (RAS) 1995
Impetus ( RAS ) 1993
Satisfaction Guaranteed (independent) 1990

Set List

two sets/One hour long each,
with the following Original songs:
(Covers listed below)
Radical Reggae
If Love is on Your Side
Judgement Day
Freedom Time
Something Real
Heart & Soul
Never Give Up
The Palm Race
Congo Natty Dread
Babylon
Spread Your Wings
Money
Herbman Blues
Troublemaker
Fight For Your Rights
Mr. Cop
Treat Her Right

COVERS:
No Woman No Cry
Is This Love
Knocking On Heaven's Door
I Shot the Sheriff
One Love
Buffalo Soldier
Exodus
Redemption Song